April Update: DemoCamp Alberta, Business Model 101, and new sessions of Preflight
April is jam-packed with incredible opportunities for you to get to work on your project idea at a workshop, connect with new people at meetups, attend special events like AccelerateAB, and prepare to showcase your progress at DemoCamp Alberta.
We had a blast last month at DevCon 2018 spending the day with more than 250 technical students. Student programs don't wrap-up at the end of the semester - we have Work @ Startup Wednesdays all year-round. Be sure to check out our free Student Membership for yourself or the students in your life.
If you're looking for support as you start and grow your tech company, we're open for business. We have programs, mentorship options, and flexible space options and the entire team is available to chat more with you. Reach out anytime!
Take care & wishing for warm weather!
P.S. Don't forget to pick-up your ticket to INVENTURE$ on June 6 - 8 at the Calgary Telus Convention Centre. There is a stacked line-up of speakers and last minute planning won't cut it for this one! We'd love to see you there.
NEXT SESSIONS OF BUSINESS MODEL 101 | April 9 & May 5
So, inspiration struck! Now what? If you have a brilliant idea for a product, service, or project our Business Model 101 workshop is a great place to start nailing down your plan to launch it into the world.
In this three-hour session, you'll use a trusted startup tool called the Lean Canvas to map out who your customers are, how to reach them, and how to showcase the value you provide.
We specialize in tech startups, but Business Model 101 is an awesome session for all types of ideas. If you're curious if technology could play a part in your idea, this is the perfect place to start experimenting with the possibility.
LET'S TALK ABOUT GRANTS
I sat down with Amir Reshef, CEO and Co-Founder of dealcloser, to chat about his experience with applying for funding through government programs at the provincial and federal level.
Amir and his team have a healthy perspective on how to make the most of this type of funding. He shares four big lessons in the full post, and here is the top lesson to get you started.
- You need to have a plan to move forward with and without the funding. Being able to show your funding representatives how much more you can do with funding vs. without funding is one of the best ways to build your case.
Check out our full conversation on the blog. Scroll to the bottom for some fascinating insight into how it feels to hire talent and pay them more than what you earn as founder!
WHY YOU SHOULD COMMIT TO PREFLIGHT
Preflight is our workshop series for anyone interested in moving their idea for a tech product forward. We share the very best startup tools and advice from leaders around the world and help you put it into action.
You should commit to Preflight because:
- FOCUS: Each workshops series is structured to help you focus on what's most important as you build your product & company.
- ACCOUNTABILITY: A weekly schedule keeps you accountable to move forward quickly, with less wasted resources.
- SUPPORT: You can access one-on-one mentorship all year long and get answers to your most pressing questions when they make the biggest impact on your progress.
We have sessions of Preflight 1: Find Your Customers and Preflight 3: Tell Your Story starting in April. Our flexible approach means Shay can help place you in the series that makes the most sense for you right now!
DEDICATED DESKS AVAILABLE TODAY
Thanks for helping us welcome so many new faces to our Mercer Warehouse home in the first part of 2018! Coworking is a great option to embed yourself in the startup community, meet folks that are experiencing the same kinds of challenges and successes, and keep your costs predictable.
Your space membership includes 24/7 access; unlimited access to our meeting rooms; business services like a mailbox, complimentary coffee, and front desk reception; and access to remarkable member events and mentors. Currently, Dedicated Desks and Shared Access memberships are available.
STUDENT DEVCON 2018 | OUR BIGGEST & BEST YET
On March 24, we welcomed more than 250 students from across technical programs and post-secondary schools (plus, a handful of amazing high school students) for our fourth annual Student Developer Conference.
For us, one of the best parts of DevCon is seeing how much the technical student community has grown over the past few years. It's clear to see that students are engaged with one another, excited to be studying in Edmonton, and want more opportunities to improve their skills and prepare for life beyond the classroom.
A huge thank you to the many community leaders, startup and scaling company team members, and special guests that worked hard to put together a line up of keynotes and workshops for these ambitious students. Topics for the day included data visualization, cybersecurity, Android app development, machine intelligence, and so much more.
You can see more photos of the day over on the blog.
READY TO JUMPSTART YOUR SALES? | May 2, 2018
We're thrilled to welcome Kim Orlesky for Startup 101 workshops all about efficient and profitable sales tactics. Kim is listed as one of the top sales leaders to follow, Startup Canada's Woman Entrepreneur, Success Magazine’s most inspirational blogger, and soon to be three-time author.
Before the time of social media, people needed to connect one-on-one and face-to-face. Those connections are even more valuable because those that connect directly find their business builds even faster. Kim will teach you how her experience working in corporate sales translates into your business, so you can make faster, more effective connections that lead to bigger business. Learn how to turn a 5-minute phone call into you next $100,000 deal!
QUICK HITS | FACEBOOK LIVE SESSIONS
In the first part of 2018, we experimented with Facebook Live sessions to share some advice, insight, and updates. Thank you so much for watching!
We're excited to join you on Facebook each week, and you can always catch the archive up on the blog.
- Meet Tiffany, Startup Edmonton CEO
- Shay & Stephanie Answer Your Pressing Preflight Questions
- Catch up on SXSW and the Accelerator Pitch Event
- The #1 Mistake Founders Make When Pitching Investors
- Bryan & Warren Share All Things Students @ Startup
Alternating between Edmonton and Calgary each year, AccelerateAB is the province’s annual flagship event that brings together leaders, investors, influencers and supporters of Alberta’s fast-growing startup community, with the goal of leveraging the success of the next generation of technology entrepreneurs across the province.
AccelerateAB celebrates the best of Alberta’s technology and supports the startup ecosystem. It’s backed by some of the most high-profile and successful leaders in the industry – and spearheaded by The A100, a member-driven pool of Alberta’s most successful technology entrepreneurs.
AccelerateAB is all about creating collisions between early-stage and late-stage startups, angel investors, venture capitalists, service providers, government agencies, and more.
DEMOCAMP ALBERTA | CALLING ALL STARTUPS
Hot on the heels of our celebration of a decade of demos, join us and friends TEC Edmonton, Startup Calgary, and Calgary Technologies Inc. for a special province-wide edition of DemoCamp on June 6, 2018.
We're seeking applications, and it would be great to see lots of Edmonton companies up demoing.